Anna Kingsford: Her Life, Letters, Diary and Work

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 20, 2011 - History - 484 pages
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First published in 1896, this two-volume biography details the life of physician and spiritualist Anna Kingsford (1846-1888). Kingsford, one of the first women to obtain a degree in medicine, began her literary career at the age of thirteen and in her lifetime was known for campaigning against vivisection, involvement in the suffragette movement, and promotion of vegetarianism, as well as her spiritualist exploits. This biography was written by her friend and colleague, the spiritualist Edward Maitland (1824-97), who served as Kingsford's protector while she studied in Paris. At the time of its publication, the work was not well received; the main criticism directed towards the book was that it focused on Maitland's psychic experiences rather than on Kingsford herself. Volume 1 focuses on Kingsford's early life, Maitland's first meeting with her, their time in Paris and their first supernatural experiences together.
 

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Contents

CHAP PAGE I EARLY LIFE
1
OUR FIRST ACQUAINTANCE
27
SOME ACCOUNT OF MYSELF
36
MUTUAL RECOGNITION
46
TO END OF 1875
57
STUDENT LIFE
72
SPIRITUAL UNFOLDMENTS
94
THE CELESTIAL OPENED
111
THE BAFFLED SORCERER
217
MANIFOLD EXPERIENCES
249
THE FIRST AND LAST OF THE GODS
285
WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
305
FLOODS OF LIGHT
334
CLOSE OF STUDENT COURSE
357
AMONG THE ASTRALS
388
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GENII
403

A CLOUD OF WITNESSES
135
PERSECUTED OF APOLLYON
176
CONTINUOUS ILLUMINATIONS
433
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